Tigris Rose reviews “Star Trek” (2009)

Star Trek (2009)
Director: J.J. Abrams
Writer: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman
Original Writer/Creator: Gene Roddenberry

I will be honest with you, I was a little frightened when I found out that they were making a Star Trek prequel. So scared in fact I didn’t even want to see it. Which I didn’t until it came out to DVD. I’m not a big fan of prequels, especially prequels that happen to re-tell my favorite franchises. When you see a prequel come up, one of two things happen. Either the prequel is good and it restarts or continues a franchise. Or it kills the franchise all together and pisses off their fans.

Thank god this prequel wasn’t a bomb. I think I would have cried, and my soul would have died just a little if it did. This was a prequel that Gene Roddenberry himself would be proud of.

One nice thing about this movie is that it doesn’t matter if you are a diehard trekkie that knows that October 24 2010 is really star date 2010.297. Whether you’re a casual fan that loves sci-fi or one who just isn’t into the events with the enterprise. That’s ok because there is something for everyone. You don’t have to be a fan or even like the franchise to love this movie. My own husband, who hates, Star Trek, yes I question that decision myself not marrying a Trekkie. However, he hates the fact that he has to admit to liking this movie.

J.J. Abrams did a good job keeping as much of the personal story line in the movie. For example Sulu fencing experience. And the feelings between Spock and Uhura that they had for each other. Though it wasn’t blatant on the show there was defiantly a past between them.

The actors did a great job portraying their predecessors. There was some change with Kirk since the time line got screwed up by the Romulans. But Kirk was still a flirt, always hitting on the girls. But he was more raw and rebel than the original. Since Kirk’s father died before he was supposed to.

Simon Pegg was the perfect Scotty. And I’m not just talking about the accent. He was cocky about his work, and took offense to anyone who said he couldn’t do something. Then of course yelling at his little minion was just funny.

Spock Prime: What if I told you that your transwarp theory was correct, that is is indeed possible to beam onto a ship that is traveling at warp speed?
Scotty: I think if that equation had been discovered, I’d have heard about it.
Spock Prime: The reason you haven’t heard of it, Mr. Scott, is because you haven’t discovered it yet.
Scotty: Are you from the future?
James T. Kirk: Yeah, he is. I’m not.
Scotty: Well, that’s brilliant. Do they still have sandwiches there?”

Now the Trekkie in me will chime in. I hate it when the writers mess with the space time continuum. Even “Back to the Future” couldn’t keep to their own rules. Granted “Old Spock” pokes fun and jokes about disproving the fact they broke the rule of no contact. I hate time travel!

One of my biggest beef with the movie is that Pavel Chekov is there, graduating with the other from the academy. Any watcher even to the lowest fan knows that Chekov was younger than everyone. He didn’t even come into play till the second season of the original series. Yes I am that geeky. In the movie he graduates with the others.

Having Leonard Nimoy on as Spock Prime was awesome. I loved Spock, he and Scotty were always my favorite from the original series. I know that there was a lot of stink about not letting the other characters especially Shatner come in. But it was understandable for anyone with half a brain. There wasn’t many scenes away from the main cast in the movie. So unless they wanted to play extras at the academy or ceremony at the end. There was no place for them to go in the movie. Not to mention they wouldn’t be able to reprise their roles, because at the time Spock left his time from the present to the past, the other characters were already dead. So I understand not asking the others back.

I would have like to see more of McCoy and Spock’s rivelry as they try to understand each other. I don’t like the physical attraction out in public with Spock and Uhura. That is a big no-no with me. Even this early in his career he was still a very disciplined Vulcan. That kind of display was not allowed even for him.

Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy: Yeah. Well, I got nowhere else to go, the ex-wife took the whole damn planet in the divorce. All I got left is my bones.

I’m still torn about the space time f-up. Because the Romulans came through and killed Kirk’s father. As James T. Kirk grows up without the father that was so much a part of his life in the series story line. I think they did a good job of showing how Spock and Kirk grew up with their new paths. However with those events, plus the destruction of Vulcan, half of what the crew knew, understands, and participated in Spock’s life as a Vulcan was gone.

They were able to get the story lines back on the same page by the end of the movie but some of the key episodes moments won’t technically happen. Which means these experiences and life lessons they learned might not happen. Damn I hate time travel!

I think it sucks that Spock’s mother dies. She was a key link to Spock’s humanity even as an adult. She was also the link that kept Spock and his father Sarek together. I hope that the near anialation of their people would give them that bond now that his mother is dead. Though I do love the moment at the end with the two Spocks.

Spock notices a elder Vulcan walking in the docking bay]
Spock: Father!
[the elder Vulcan turns and is revealed as Spock Prime]
Spock Prime: I am not our father.
[Young Spock, now recognizing who he is, approaches]
Spock Prime: There are so few Vulcans left. We cannot afford to ignore each other.
Spock: Then why did you send Kirk aboard, when you alone could have explained the truth?
Spock Prime: Because you needed each other. I could not deprive you of the revelation of all that you could accomplish together, of a friendship that will define you both in ways you cannot yet realize.
Spock: How did you persuade him to keep your secret?
Spock Prime: He inferred that universe-ending paradoxes would ensue should he break his promise.
Spock: You lied.
Spock Prime: I… I implied.
Spock: A gamble.
Spock Prime: An act of faith. One I hope that you will repeat in your future in Starfleet.
Spock: In the face of extinction, it is only logical that I resign my Starfleet commission and help rebuild our race.
Spock Prime: And, yet, you can be in two places at once. I urge you to remain in Starfleet. I have already located a suitable planet in which to establish a Vulcan colony. Spock, in this case, do yourself a favor: Put aside logic. Do what feels right.
[Spock Prime turns and leaves]
Spock Prime: Since my customary farewell would appear oddly self-serving, I shall simply say…
[Shows Vulcan hand salute]
Spock Prime: Good luck.

I am a Trekkie, I love Star Trek original and next generation. Anything after just suck. I hate Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise. The stories for those just suck!

I believe that anyone would love this movie. Not just the Star Trek Trekkies and fans. It is a very good Sci-Fi movie, great special effects. Really good acting. You don’t need to know the franchise to understand what’s going on. Which makes it a good prequel. Although if you are a fan you get the inside jokes! J.J. Abrams did a great job keeping Gene Roddenberry vision alive.

As a blogger and a Trekkie I’ll give J.J. Abrams Star Trek a solid A!

“Live Long and Prosper!”

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5 Responses to “Tigris Rose reviews “Star Trek” (2009)”

  1. Liked the flick more than I expect and this review is dead on even though your “trekkiness” does shine thru a bit, LOL.
    For myself, not a trekkie but is full aware of the mythos, I got the sly references to the series without feeling like I HAD to know past history and even more so, it was accessible enough that 2 ppl in my family (my “other” who has ZERO interest in Star Trek and my 8 year old son) found it to be enjoyable they got into it.
    If anything, this movie cements the legacy of the show continues for a new generation.

  2. Great review. Your passion for the franchise really comes through. I enjoyed the movie as a movie fan. It was nice to read a review from someone who really know their stuff.

  3. chainsawcheerleader Says:

    Great review, Sam. Spot on a 100%. When I first read that this movie was going to be made I was a bit mad. I love Star Trek. I mean really love it and I was really hoping that they wouldn’t ruin this. When I first watched it I was shocked at how good of a movie it was. I completely agree with the grade you gave it. I love time travel but hated how the movie broke the rules of it. Even people who do not like science fiction can tell you you don’t interact with the past. The script for this film was written very well and you can tell they had very smart people writing it. They were able to make giant holes like that work.

    Keep up the great work, Sam.

  4. Great review. I have to say I LOVED the Star Trek movie. I never watched any of the old Trek episodes with Kirk and the original cast. The only episodes I ever watched were with Picard, and yeah, I liked it but never got hooked into the Star Trek universe. The film was fantastically entertaining though. I heard someone say at some point you need to understand this is an action film and not a science-fiction film and once you do that, you learn to relax with the loose rules the film plays by.

    I really dug it. Everything about the film was beautiful — the shots, the sets, the colors, everything. I was very happy with the result.

  5. I hated the original series. It always struck me as an overly pretentious, gay Star Wars. However, I loved the flick. It was probably my favorite film that summer it came out. I’m all for reboots if they make the originals suck a lot less and I think J.J. really succeeded with Star Trek.

    Great review Sam.

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